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ERIC Number: ED540789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Meaningful Credential Renewal: A Policy Proposal to Strengthen Teaching Quality in California. Executive Summary
New America Foundation
This paper is part of a nonpartisan project to identify specific state-level policy changes that could have a significant impact on teaching quality and be accomplished in a constrained fiscal environment. Of course, many aspects of California's teacher development system could be strengthened, better funded, or otherwise changed for the better. This proposal focuses on teacher credential renewal because it is an underutilized state policy lever that could be enhanced significantly and at relatively low cost. In the new process for credential renewal proposed here, local panels would review teacher professional portfolios and use the results of these reviews as the basis for recommending renewal of teacher Clear credentials every five years. Electronic portfolios would contain information about: (1) Growth in student learning (with a variety of allowed sources of assessment data); (2) Teaching performance in the classroom, as documented by the principal and other instructional experts; and (3) The teacher's individual efforts to improve his or her teaching practice and grow professionally. Reforming the credential renewal process would strengthen the state role in ensuring teaching quality while maintaining local authority and influence over the process. [For the full report, "Meaningful Credential Renewal: A Policy Proposal to Strengthen Teaching Quality in California," see ED540788.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New America Foundation
Identifiers - Location: California